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[Historic Bars] The Backroom Bar in New York City

Posted on: October 16th, 2014 by David Robert Weible No Comments

 

Fans of the giggle water get to celebrate hooch in a big way this month as Preservation Nation covers blind pigs and juice joints – a.k.a. speakeasies -- as part of our historic bars series. Next up: The Backroom Bar in New York City.

The Backroom’s ‘fake front’ as the Lower East Side Toy Company is a nod to old New York City speakeasies that often used supposed apothecaries or blacksmith shops to conceal their true identity. Ironically, the Backroom’s Prohibition predecessor never needed a fake front, as Ratner’s kosher restaurant concealed the speakeasy with a legitimate and profitable business.
The Backroom’s ‘fake front’ as the Lower East Side Toy Company is a nod to old New York City speakeasies that often used supposed apothecaries or blacksmith shops to conceal their true identity. Ironically, the Backroom’s Prohibition predecessor never needed a fake front, as Ratner’s kosher restaurant concealed the speakeasy with a legitimate and profitable business.

There are few places on earth, if any, that I enjoy sipping a few cocktails and drinking in the atmosphere more than modern-day New York City. But if I were given the chance to hit the town in the Roaring Twenties, I sure as hell wouldn’t pass it up. Lucky for me, I know a place I can do a little of both: the Lower East Side Toy Company, on Norfolk Street, between Delancey and Rivington.

That’s not the actual name, of course. It’s just the ‘fake front’ for the Backroom Bar, a contemporary speakeasy with roots that date back to Prohibition.... Read More →

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David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. He came to DC from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

[Book Review] Visions and Voices: Montana’s One-Room Schoolhouses

Posted on: September 16th, 2014 by David Robert Weible

 

Visions and Voices: Montana’s One-Room Schoolhouses was originally published in 2012.
"Visions and Voices: Montana’s One-Room Schoolhouses" was originally published in 2012.

One-room schoolhouses are more than physical relics of Montana’s past. They are enduring symbols of what was, and continues to be, the soul of the people that surround them; a soul built on self-reliance, the pioneer spirit, and above all, a sense of community.

Through stunning photography and telling interviews with the people that taught and learned in these stolid structures, Visions and Voices: Montana's One-Room Schoolhouses by author and photographer Charlotte Caldwell documents more than 120 of Montana’s one-room and rural schoolhouses (some of which appear in “Small Wonders” from Preservation magazine’s current Fall Issue) from the restored and repurposed, to the neglected and crumbling.... Read More →

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David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. He came to DC from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

[Historic Bars] McGreevey’s 3rd Base Saloon in Boston

Posted on: September 4th, 2014 by David Robert Weible

 

Preservation Nation continues its tour of historic bars as we slide (or stumble) our way into the musty dugouts that have served as the home bases for sports fans across the nation as they ride the bench and cheer their favorite teams. First up for America’s historic sports bars: McGreevey’s 3rd Base Saloon in Boston.

McGreevey’s not only claims to be America’s first sports bar, it’s also the birthplace of the Red Sox Royal Rooters club, and the home of Boston’s famous Celtic punk-rock band, the Dropkick Murphys. Credit Flickr user Echo9er
McGreevey’s not only claims to be America’s first sports bar, it’s also the birthplace of the Red Sox Royal Rooters club, and the home of Boston’s famous Celtic punk-rock band, the Dropkick Murphys.

With 7 major sports championships since 2004, and something of a reputation for drinking, Boston is the perfect place to start our tour of historic sports bars (as much as this Cleveland fan hates to admit it). And when you think historic sports bars in Boston, you think one place: McGreevey’s.... Read More →

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David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. He came to DC from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

Military Veterans Tackle HOPE Crew Project at Custer National Cemetery

Posted on: August 25th, 2014 by David Robert Weible

 

The HOPE Crew’s Custer National Cemetery project was the first to incorporate an all-veteran hitch. Participants represented every branch of the military. Credit: Audrey Hall
The HOPE Crew’s Custer National Cemetery project was the first to incorporate an all-veteran hitch. Participants represented every branch of the military.

It’s one of the most famous battles in American history. In May, 1876, Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer and his 7th Cavalry tracked down roughly 8,000 Cheyenne and Sioux Indians in southeastern Montana and stepped into battle with about 1,800 of them. The rest, as they say, is history.

Now a small piece of that history is being restored, with help from the National Trust, The Corps Network, The Montana Conservation Corps, and the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Training Center.... Read More →

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David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. He came to DC from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

[Historic Bars] Carousel Bar & Lounge in New Orleans

Posted on: August 7th, 2014 by David Robert Weible 3 Comments

 

Preservation Nation continues its tour of historic bars as we sashay our way into America’s historic cocktail lounges, the upscale gin joints where high society has sipped sophistication for decades. First round (literally): The Carousel Bar & Lounge in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Carousel Bar in all its glory. Credit: Dan Silvers, Flickr
The Carousel Bar in all its glory

The history of the Carousel is inextricably linked to the hotel in which it sits: the Hotel Monteleone, a Historic Hotels of America member in New Orleans’ French Quarter.... Read More →

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David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. He came to DC from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.